this open international ideas competition is for a new, larger home for the museum of cartoon and comic art [MoCCA]. the museum was established in 2001 and currently is based in the soho area of manhattan in new york city.
the mission of the institution is to:
“collect, preserve, educate, and display cartoon and comic art.
Every genre of the art is represented: animation, anime, cartoons, comic books, comic strips, gag cartoons, humorous illustration, illustration, political illustration, editorial cartoons, caricature, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and computer-generated art. Further, the museum’s rigid collection policy ensures that the art collections are maintained in an environment of the highest integrity.
It is the mission of the museum to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art as well as to detail and discuss the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world’s most popular art form. Comics and cartoons have been instrumental in effecting significant dialogue on issues involving society, culture, philosophy, and politics. History has shown them to be instrumental in documenting–and interpreting–historic events and social change. Artistically, comic and cartoon art is created at the highest levels by some of the world’s finest graphic illustrators.
The main goal of the museum is to educate the public about comic and cartoon art, how it is crafted, and how it reflects history.”
as evidenced in the mission statement, cartoon and comic art is an integral component of contemporary pop culture. the use of graphics and imagery to describe ideas and stories has existed throughout history and continues to be reinvented through new media. an architecture is desired for this project that celebrates pop culture through innovative forms, materials, fabrications and technologies. systems exploiting ideas of image, line, and color should be considered integral to the design.
the new museum will house the collection, office space, display galleries, classrooms, cafe, store, a theater, and a lecture hall. the design should take advantage of the highly visible site on the lower east side of manhattan with car traffic coming in across the williamsburg bridge and pedestrian traffic of the neighborhood. the site also allows for the building to be freestanding and take on a more experimental form rather than being forced into an infill condition. the building should be instrumental in displaying the museum’s holdings and fostering an environment which invites people to come in and engage screenings, lectures, and the archives. a series of flexible, modular gallery spaces is desired by the MoCCA in order to accomodate the diversity in scale and format of its collection.
ellen s. ABRAMOWITZ [chairman/president, museum of comic and cartoon art]
alex PINCUS [Bureau V]
peter ZUSPAN [Bureau V]
brennan BUCK [FreelandBuck]
julia KOERNER [SUBDIVISION]
abigail COOVER [hume coover studio, suckerPUNCH]
nathan HUME [hume coover studio, suckerPUNCH]
jose GONZALEZ [SOFTlab]
mike SZIVOS [SOFTlab]
this competition is blind peer reviewed.
$2500 in prizes will be awarded and the winning designs will be published on suckerPUNCH.